This story about Jimmy Stewart and his horse named Pie was contributed by Linda Gilliland (6/10/2017)
One of James Stewart’s favorite stories of his film career concerned his horse, Pie, a sorrel stallion whom Stewart called, “One of the best co-stars I ever had.” Pie appeared as Stewart’s horse in 17 Westerns, and the actor developed a strong personal bond with the horse. Pie was very intelligent, Stewart recalled, and would often “act for the cameras when they were rolling. He was a ham of a horse.” When shooting the climax of “The Far Country,” the script called for Stewart’s horse to walk down a dark street alone, with no rider in the saddle, to fool the bad guys who were waiting to ambush Stewart. Assistant Director John Sherwood asked Stewart if Pie would be able to do the scene. Stewart replied, “I’ll talk to him.” Just before the cameras rolled, Stewart took Pie aside and whispered to the horse for several minutes, giving him instructions for the scene. When Stewart let the horse go, Pie walked perfectly down the middle of the street, to his trainer who was waiting with a sugar cube just out of camera range. He did the scene in one take. When Pie died in 1970, Stewart arranged to have the horse buried at his California ranch.